Jerusalem Prayer List June 13, 2018

This week has been a joy and a strain! It is a joy because last week-end we had the yearly seminar in Carmel House in the mIddle of Finland. This seminar is held yearly since 1981. Brothers from all around Finland gather for this seminar. It starts on Friday afternoon and ends on Sunday afternoon. I say that it is a joy because it is an opportunity to see brothers and sisters whom I and our Finnish brothers had the privilege to baptize and disciple over the years. Another reason for a great joy for me is that Barry my son and his family have joined Marcia and I in Finland this year. Each evening we have traveled with Barry and his family, Keijo, and sometimes Marcia also traveled with us. Each evening we are in another place in Finland meeting brothers and sisters and teaching the Word of God. Barry is surprised at how fatiguing this kind of work is and how much energy it takes to travel several hours a day meet, teach, and drive back several hours. I am happy that my family can appreciate how much their father is working when he travels.

This week President Donald Trump had the meeting with President Kim of North Korea. Every peace seeker ought to rejoice for this meeting. However, we, the Disciples of Messiah Yeshua, must take these events in prayer and a very serious prayer discipline. 1) It would not be the first time in history that a small rogue nation is deceptive and devious to a well meaning benevolent nation like the USA. 2) North Korean leader meeting the President of the biggest and strongest empire of the world today has every thing to gain and nothing to lose. It gives him recognition and legitimacy in spite of the atrocities that he has committed for decades and even in the last months he has ordered the death of his personal brother and earlier his own uncle. 3) The promises of such a leader are not guaranteed to be carried out to the letter of the agreement. I appreciate that President Trump wants assurances that Kim will carry out his promises. I still believe that only God can make Kim keep his word and if not only God can reveal the secret intents of Kim’s heart and his plots to keep Nuclear weapons secretly. This is the reason that I am asking you to pray for this situation and for the success of denuclearizing North Korea and seeking ways to make peace with South Korea.

This week’s reading in the Torah is Korah and his band rebelling against Moses and Aaron. This event in the wilderness actually created a trauma in the history of Israel that has not been totally healed until today.

What was the issue that caused this rebellion? The main issue is stated in the following text:

“They gathered together against Moses and Aaron, and said to them, “You take too much upon yourselves, for all the congregation is holy, every one of them, and the LORD is among them. Why then do you exalt yourselves above the assembly of the LORD?” (Num 16:3 NKJV)

What is this claim of Korah and his group of 250 leaders in Israel? The claim is the classic claim of democracy. “We are all equal – we all have the same privileges – we are all holy.” If this premise is true as the premise of today’s democracy there is no room for divinely chosen and appointed and anointed leadership like Moses or even like Christ himself, or the Apostles or the Prophets. Korah would be right Moses and Aaron don’t have the privilege of being the only leaders and the only ones who have access to the ear and the desires of God. Every one should be eligible to lead the people of Israel in the wilderness and decisions ought to be made by a democratic vote and not by divine revelation.

The root of this rebellion is already in chapter 12 of Numbers when Miriam and Aaron made the same claim to Moses their brother. The root for the criticism of Miriam and Aaron was from chapter 11 when two men, Eldad and Medad, prophecies outside the Tabernacle and Moses said, “I wish that all of Israel would prophecy.” Moses said this in good faith and in wishful thinking anticipating the pouring out of the Spirit of God on all flesh like Joel the prophet promised many years later.

My point is simple. There is equality between all men and all men and women are created equal under the authority and direction of the Creator Himself. However, there are fathers and there are sons. The son has to be respectful and honor his father and his mother. There are husbands and there are wives they are equal but the wife has to be submitted to her husband. There are leaders and there are followers. The followers have to respect and hear and follow the leaders. This is the order of the universe that God created. The leaders must not abuse their followers because they are ordained to lead their flock to safe haven and to good pastures. The leaders are to protect their followers even at the price of their own lives. In the Israeli Defence Forces the number of officers that die in battle is as high and sometimes higher then the number of unlisted men, because the motto of the I.D.F. Is “Follow Me.” What we see in Korah and his band of rebellious followers is a breakdown of the order ordained by God – the breakdown started with Miriam and Aaron and was followed by the 250 Elite leaders of the tribes of Israel. The price was not exacted by Moses and Aaron – that would make them bad leaders, selfish leaders, insecure leaders. They left the outcome in the hands of the ONE that appointed them, the Lord Himself. He gave Korah and his band of rebellion the full force of His law – the earth swallowed Korah and his followers with their tents and all of their belongings. Democracy is the best form of government only when it is curbed by respect and appreciation for the authority and when the authority is based on God’s principles and values. When these two things pass from the world Democracy loses it’s authority and the values change from God’s values to the values of the lowest common denominator that is the human passions, selfishness, competition on issues that there is no competition possible because God has set the rules and standards. Democracy at that point turns against itself and devours itself. Our world, Western Civilization, is almost reaching the point of Democracy losing the divine right to rule in freedom and turning against itself to devour itself by approving values and issues that expressly forbidden by God and expressly negate nature itself. This is an issue to pray for my dear brothers and sisters. Christianity as we know it – the division – the competition – the neglect of God’s Law – the racism that still exists even among Christians.

Let us pray for our world and for the democracies of our world to turn the tables around with peace, and care for humanity to for a better world based on the values and the principles of the Word of God.Please keep praying for Isreal and the situation around Gaza and the international attacks on Israel by the Muslim majority in the United Nations and by those who hate Jews from all around the world.

Please pray for Jordan – Jordan is the only Arab country that has not suffered from the Obama so called “Arab Spring” that turned to become the “Arab deep winter.”

Keep praying for the situation with Iran on our north boarder with Syria and the threat of Iran against Israel.

Please pray for Netivyah and the leadership.

Pray for a special blessing for our brothers in Korea and the success of the meeting between Trump and Kim in Singapore.

Please continue to ask you to pray for Marcia my wife and her health, her pain from the Rheumatoid Arthritis, Diabetic, and some memory issues.

Pray for a very fine young lady Gabriela. She is now back home and feeling better. Continue to pray for her, please!

I have a special prayer request for a very young Lion from the Huch family in DFW that has been diagnosed with Leukemia. The baby is just a few months old and we all must mobilize to pray for this baby and for the whole Huch family. This family and especially the grandfather and grandmother of this baby and his father and mother are a great blessing for Israel and for Netivyah. On this ground I ask you all to lift up this baby and intercede before the Lord for his healing.

The Lord willing we will see our brother Hillel this week-end in the seminar and we will pray for him in person and ask you to please continue your prayer and intercession for Hillel.

Pray for Patty, Andrea and Tineke are all in Netherlands and need healing from God.

Pray for healing of Barry R. from Tiberias he had a stroke and is in the process of rehabilitation now.

Continue to Pray for Julia and Victor our dear sister and brother who both need healing and God’s help.

Please keep praying for a dear sister named Zhou Wenrilan living in China.

Keep praying for the planned conference in Portugal in May 2019. This conference is to awaken governments and the world attention and press for the Restoration of the Anussim (Marranos) both spiritually and physically to their naturals home.

Please keep praying for my daughter Danah and granddaughter Noaam and their health and strength and provision. They are so wonderful and need so much help from God and so much strength. May the Lord God of Israel in the name of Yeshua help them. The suffering is so long and so intense. I believe that it is time for the Lord to hear our prayers.

Please praying for Alexandra, a young lady, a new bride. We are seeking the LORD’s blessing for Alexandra and husband in healing and strength.

Margareta is a dear Jewish sister who needs deliverance and healing. Please keep praying for dear Ruby who has also suffered for long years and it is time for the Lord to hear our prayers for her healing. Pray for Um Abu-Eid is a dear old Arab sister. Please pray for her healing and strength. The list is still the same Bida, George, Gary, Melanie, Aharon, Yuri Marianenko, Sarit, Ahuva, Leah, Ilana, Miraim, Yehuda H., David Stern, Paulo, Noami, Tim Tucker, Anne-Mirjami, Satu-Maria and Anna-Majia, Sinni Tuuli, Erki and Sirpa, Keijo and Salme, Evelina, Eva H., Horace and June Marcia’s father and mother, Marcelo’s parents. Curita Sensei, the Abe family, Toru, Takeo Sensei, Daisuke Sensei, Tomoko San, Sadako San, Yumi and her husband, and her family in Okinawa.

Please pray for Louisa and Tony in Hong Kong. Louisa is a dear sister who needs healing from Cancer and Tony is a dear brother who needs healing emotionally and generally in his life and business.

I have special concern for our dear brother Goh and his family, and for Sister Christy, Sister Laurel, and for Brother Michael Knezevich. I have a special request from a brother Moshe Daniel from Kenya for his ministry and for the brothers in Kenya.

Please pray Ritva Huhtala and for sister Oksanen they need prayer for illness.

God bless and keep HIS promises to Abraham and bless all those who bless the Children of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Keep you all healthy, blessed, and happy in all that the Lord is doing for you and for the world around you!

There are others that you know and I know that need the Lord’s blessings and mercy. Please pray for them.

Now is the time to seriously pray for the Peace of Jerusalem and believe in God’s promises!

Joseph Shulam

Nokia, Finland

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